Goal: Explain how literary elements such as setting, characters, conflict and plot affect one another in a story.

    • We will be focusing on theme for chapters 7-9.
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    Link to the whole novel:

    CLICK HERE for "The Outsiders" By S.E. Hinton

    *Here is also a Link to the whole novel in Spanish. CLICK HERE for: The Outsiders in Spanish


    Chapter 10 and 11:

    Read chapter 10 and 11 in The Outsiders, or follow along in the read-aloud video below.

     CLICK HERE for the chapter 10-11 read-aloud video  (27 minutes)


    Chapter 12:

    Read chapter 12 in The Outsiders, or follow along in the read-aloud video below.

     CLICK HERE for the chapter 12 read-aloud video (27 minutes)





    Note: Typically, in class, we would have watched the movie version of the book. Watching the movie version of this book is NOT required. However, if you are interested in watching it, the movie is available to rent from Redbox.com or Amazon Prime for $3.99. Unfortunatly, it is not available on any popular streaming services.


    Some interesting trivia that I did not get to share in this unit is that S.E. Hinton's full name is Susan Eloise Hinton. Her publishers told her not to use a woman's name to publish her novel because they didn't think boys would want to read a book by a female author. It may also have made them nervous to publish a book written by a girl who was only 16 years old at the time. She has stated in interviews that she wrote this novel because she wanted to read about people who were more real. The story itself was made up, although there was a lot of violence in her childhood neighborhood, and something like this could have happned. The characters in it were loosely based on S.E. Hinton and her friends. 

    S.E. Hinton is still alive today, and you can follow her on twitter @se4realhinton.


    *Optional Summer Reading: If you enjoyed The Outsiders and are looking for something to read over the summer, S.E. Hinton wrote many more books. I recommend That Was Then, This is Now. One of the minor characters, Curley Shepard, who is mentioned only in passing in The Outsiders plays a bigger role in that book. Tex is also a favorite of many students.